The Rustenburg municipality is to spend R400 million on a major road infrastructure project ahead of hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, BuaNews reports.

The municipality, in conjunction with the North West provincial transport master plan and the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality, plan to spend R400 million on road infrastructure as part of their preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

A Western Bypass is planned to link the N4 road with the Sun City resort and an Eastern Bypass will link the N4 with the Rustenburg aerodrome.

Spokesperson for the municipality, Butler Matlapeng, says tenders will go out as soon after the funds from the National Department of Transport and the National Treasury are secured.

It is hoped the roads will be completed by the end of February 2009.

Matlapeng said: “These highways will have a significant role to play in improving traffic flow between Rustenburg and the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, which is an approved match stadium for 2010 FIFA World Cup games.

“Several arterial roads around the stadium have also been planned for construction.”

He said secondary access roads from Helen Joseph street between Pretoria and Rustenburg will cost around R6,5-million.

The Royal Bafokeng Administration has partnered with the provincial Department of Roads, Transport and Community Safety to construct a dual carriage route worth over R100-million which will lead to Sun City.

The first phase of the road, which is between Phokeng and Boshoek will be completed by October this year.

Matlapeng said the municipality was preparing to double its electricity capacity by 2009.

A substation with the capacity of 160 MVa, costing R180-million is to be erected.

“It will take us a period of 18 months to build a transformer for the substation and it will cost us a further R30-million to install the transformer,” he said.

The current supply is sufficient as it is able to feed a big Xstrata smelter outside town. – BuaNews